Keep the pests away without harming your garden. You’ll love this natural solution from our Urban Farming series.
Brentwood Urban Farm: A Sustainable Homestead in the City of Los Angeles
Owned and operated by green farmers: Emily Richards and John Nogawski. Learn more here.
Just because you live in a city, that doesn’t mean you can’t homestead. Such is the case for this organic urban farm. Brentwood Urban Farm is located in the heart of Los Angeles with a focus on water-preservation, organic ingredients, and building a green community. We will be filming with them all season long, stick with us and watch as Brentwood Urban Farms grows their organic garden and helps improve the community! Along the way we’ll also pick up many more sustainable tips. But what are you waiting for? Keep reading to get started on natural pest control!
Watch this video and learn tips for natural pest control!
Urban farmer Emily teaches us how to keep critters from eating our produce without resorting to toxic chemicals. Keep reading for more!
Follow along as Emily shows us how to prepare a spray that will repel insects and animals, but is still safe for soil microbes and humans!
Green Tip #1 – Aromatherapy?
In addition to hot peppers, there are several strongly scented essential oils that are effective for repelling insects. Cinnamon*, peppermint, tea tree, and rosemary essential oils will keep the bugs at bay, but are safe for humans.
*Cinnamon oil can cause a burning sensation, so make sure to keep it out of your eyes and off your skin.
Green Tip #2 – Trust Fido!
A dog can be really helpful for keeping rodents and raccoons our of your garden. When faced with a dog, most critters would rather go after another garden. They don’t want to have to fight for their food.
Green Tip #3 – Mind Your Soap!
A bit of dish soap can repel bugs, but make sure you use a biodegradable dish soap! Conventional dish soap can hurt the environment and soil organisms.